The Open House programme is presented by the Barbados National Trust.
Leamington House, St. Peter is this week’s Open House.
In the 1830s, Leamington House was the seat of a plantation that stretched down to the sea. In the 1950s, Oliver Messel stayed there and was so enthused that he persuaded his friends the Heinzes (of Heinz ketchup fame) to buy it, with the lure that he would decorate it. Some of his furnishings still hold pride of place in this timelessly elegant home.
The gates to the property open at 1:45 pm and tours of the house commence at 2:00 pm.
At 3:00 pm, a group from the Coleridge & Parry Secondary School will entertain with their musical renditions.
At 3:30 pm, Sir Paul Altman, Barbados’leading real estate developer and a Past President of the Trust, will present his Lively Lecture.
The Food and Beverage Concessionary will be selling tasty eats and thirst quenching drinks including Prosecco. Also present will be the Trust’s Souvenir Shop selling books, mugs, tea towels and flowers.
The last tour of Leamington will be at 4:30 pm and the property will close at 5:00 pm.
Leamington House is located on Highway 1 (a.k.a. the west coast road) 1 ½ miles south of Speightstown. It is between Cobblers Cove and St. Peter’s Bay. Watch for Open House parking signs.
Wheelchair Access to the Gardens & ground floor.
Parking is off site at the nearby car park of the Christ is the Answer Family Church just to the east of the Speightstown roundabout heading north. There will be a shuttle service from 1:30 pm, so look out for the parking signs.
General Bds $35.00
Children under 5 Free
BARP, AARP and CARP Members Bds $30.00
Members of the Barbados National Trust Bds $25.00 upon presentation of membership card. Also applicable to reciprocating Trusts and Societies members.
Children 12-17 y.o. and Students (BCC, UWI and Polytechnic with ID): Bds $15.00
Dress nicely casual.
No pre-booking is needed. Just follow the directions – look for the signs.
For more information and to ensure that the viewing is on as advertised, please contact the Barbados National Trust:
Tel: (246) 426-2421/ (246) 436-9033
Barbados National Trust Open Houses
The Open Houses Programme is a Winter Season Tradition in Barbados presented by the Barbados National Trust (BNT). It allows visitors and residents alike access to some of the island’s loveliest houses. Discover more about our island’s diverse architecture and history.
The programme includes all types of houses – from the grand old plantation houses rich with centuries of history, to the newer, luxurious Bajan-style villas.
Grounds and gardens are part of the attraction. Sip your rum punch in stunning tropical settings.
The BNT sets up a bazaar with books and crafts people. Refreshments are on sale.
In addition, they provide historical and architectural information which you can take home with you at no additional cost.
At 3:15 pm, short lectures are given by the BNT’s experts on heritage. These are:
Prof Henry Fraser – a past president of Barbados National Trust and the author of ‘Historic Houses of Barbados’ and ‘Treasures of Barbados.’
Mr. Peter Stevens – BNT’s current president.
The Barbados National Trust was founded in 1961 to preserve our unique heritage – be it historic buildings, place of natural beauty or out flora and fauna.
It’s a very active Trust and was recently successful in achieving UNESCO International Heritage Site status for Bridgetown and its Garrison.